One moment they’re big, the next moment they’re small. And before you know it, they are up, down, to the side and everywhere except where they are supposed to be (like before your knees!). They have their good days, they have their bad days, they get hot, cold and warm. Yes mamas, I’m talking about our boobs and how they’ve grown and changed so much throughout the years in more ways than you would believe!
I’ve always considered myself a lucky woman who inherited generous genes (a 34DD when I was just 16 years of age) but it wasn’t until I gave birth to my two children did I realize how important (and powerful!) they were. Sure, they might not look or feel the same, but they’ve done so much throughout the course of time that I’m pretty proud of everything they’ve accomplished through the magical force we like to call breastfeeding. Plus, my hubby kind of likes them, lol.
But as we know all too well, boobs (or boobies, bubbas, milk maids, milk machines, or whatever else you like to call them) have changed a lot in the last few decades. And I’m sure as everyone has noticed, they’ve grown to massive proportions, too.
According to the Daily Mail, back in the 1930s, 32A/b was considered healthy and “rational” and it wasn’t until Marilyn Monroe and the era of the pin-up girls that curvier, sexier and bigger-breasted females were much more celebrated. In the 1980s, while the trend was for athletic bodies, diets were also high in fat, which meant that boobs got much bigger and hips were at least two inches wider than the bust. In the Bridget Jones-era that was the 2000s, curvy and sexy became more of the norm as breast augmentation surgery soared to new record highs. Fast-forward to 2015 and women are no longer afraid to show off their massive busts, with so many of us buying 37DD bras at our local lingerie stores.
Here’s a little more on the evolution of our breast size:
Obesity alone doesn’t explain the surge, however. While average cup size has jumped by two measurements, the average back size has risen just one, from 34in to 36in – suggesting that not all women with DD-cup breasts are carrying excess weight.
‘It’s far more likely to be linked to diet and nutrition, not necessarily the bad things we eat, but simply what we eat,’ says Dr David Bainbridge, a reproductive biologist at the University of Cambridge and author of Curvology, a study of changing female body shapes.
‘We are better fed today than at any point in history. Look back to the Twenties, when women ate simple, carbohydrate-based meals; or the Forties, when rationing was in force and nobody ate much at all.
‘No wonder they had small breasts. As our bodies have become better nourished, they’ve become larger – women are taller, with broader shoulders and bigger busts.’
So whether you are a size Sandra Bullock or a Sofia Vergara and Jessica Simpson, I say celebrate it, mamas! You won’t find two better best friends than the ones that you’ve been carrying with you your whole life. They’re all beautiful!